Vodafone has installed its 5G network at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal, with the North Terminal set to follow early next year.
The fifth-generation high-speed, high-capacity and fibre optic mobile network will enable travellers to get a strong 5G signal on their devices in the departure and arrivals lounges.
Vodafone’s 5G network is said to support the airport’s initiatives such as its forthcoming trial of robotic parking and the automation of several check-in and boarding procedures.
Gatwick Airport chief information officer John Barton said: “Passengers using the network will benefit from superfast speeds when surfing the web and downloading files or even boxsets to provide video entertainment during one of the many long haul flights that depart from the airport.
“5G also has the potential to unlock a wide range of new capabilities and to reliably connect everything around us to a network many times faster than those it replaces.
“Many of the 250 companies based on the Gatwick campus can also benefit from this super-fast 5G service, including those that rely heavily on mobile applications for their day-to-day business.”
The 5G capacity provides faster speeds to large groups of people in high-density areas such as Gatwick Airport, where more than 24,000 people work, serving around 46 million passengers a year.
Vodafone UK chief technology officer Scott Petty said: “The installation of hundreds of kilometres of fibre at the airport will enable us to offer great coverage to the millions of people who use Gatwick Airport each year, as well as to connect its systems and vehicles on site.
“For example, by connecting mobility carts, airport staff will know where they are at all times, meaning they are better able to help passengers who need support.”
In February, Vodafone partnered with Manchester Airport to test 5G mobile technology services to enable passengers to download media content at super-fast speeds.